Published Mar 22, 2010We gave you the lowdown last week about Lady Gaga's former producer/boyfriend suing the shapeshifting star, claiming that he gave the singer her stage name, got her signed and cowrote four singles from her breakthrough album The Fame. Well, the pop diva has responded to the $30.5 million lawsuit, and not surprisingly, it's with a countersuit looking to throw out the lawsuit and seek damages of its own.
Lady Gaga's lawyer, Charles Ortner, has said that the original agreement between Gaga and producer Rob Fusari was "unlawful," reports CBC. The lawyer said that the agreement was "structured in such a way as to mask its true purpose - to provide to the defendants unlawful compensation for their services as unlicensed employment agents."
Expanding on those particularly condemning last three words, Ortner said that Fusari violated statues that disallow them from "acting as employment agents without a licence and charging Lady Gaga an unlawful fee for their purported services."
Robert S. Meloni, Fusari's lawyer, summed up these claims in one word to the Associated Press: "ludicrous." He added that "Rob was no more of an 'agent' for her [Lady Gaga] than she is a Roman Catholic nun," according to the New York Times.
Okay, this is officially starting to get ugly.